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Iran banned from organising World Cup 2022 qualifying matches at home?

Iran banned from organising World Cup 2022 qualifying matches at home?

The Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran said it had to organize all matches in a neutral country. It is still unclear whether this decision will affect the Iran national football team in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

The Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran said it had received a letter from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) asking that all matches involving Iranian teams be held in a neutral country.

Then, Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran officials then held an emergency meeting, and the country's major football clubs have said they will not accept the ban from AFC.

AFC believes that Iran's matches should be held on neutral ground for security reasons. However, the head of Asian football does not provide a more specific reason. It is not clear whether this decision will affect the Iranian team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

A spokesman for the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran said it was ready to host foreign teams and had ensured match security for the AFC and denied any allegations.

Iran banned from organising World Cup 2022 qualifying matches at home?

"Iran has a full readiness for the teams to host at home and has demonstrated this many times in recent years", Amir Mehdi Alavi wrote on the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran website.

Last season, Iran encountered Saudi Arabia in the UAE due to the political tensions between both countries.

In Group C of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Iran is currently ranked third with only 6 points, below the Iraqi and Bahrain teams by the difference of 5 and 3 points respectively.

The series of bad performances made them lose the No. 1 Asian position on the FIFA rankings. According to the latest FIFA rankings update on December 19th, 2019, Iran has fallen to 33rd place, behind Japan (28th).